Originally Posted by Dean Roddey
Seems like there are lots of trendings in the wrong direction.
1. Just now getting out of a decade where discretionary income was at a minimum, so fun toys like home theaters were probably off the RADAR screens of the bulk of people.
2. People who think that Apple invented the world, and anything they didn't make isn't worth bothering with, who may have never heard anything but an MP3, who probably never stimulated either the music or movie industries by actually paying for their products.
3. A whole generation of kids who grew up during #1 and #2 above, and live in a world of tablets, phones, social media, clouds, and imaginary online friends.
4. The general decline of the music industry for various reasons, theft, vast influx of digital production tools, over-supply, general decline in interest in musical prowess, etc... Why create higher resolution music for almost everyone who listens to it to steal it in low resolution form?
5. Having moved from the Me Generation to The Me Publishing Everything About Me Every Hour generation. Who has time to move the dial from the Me Channel?
6. An ever-shrinking attention span that probably makes watching a movie some sort of exercise in self-control, when they really just want to check their page to see if anyone has reacted to whatever they published about themselves since the movie started.
I'm sure there are some more I'm forgetting. Probably the ever increasing tendency towards remakes and reboots and rehashes isn't helping either. Though, maybe that's exactly what appeals to people who suffer from all of the above, I dunno.
Anyhoo, re some of the discussion above, I will say that the biggest thing I noticed now when I go back and watch an older movie is not now much visually things have changed. Photography has been well developed for quite a while and plenty of them look quite nice. But sound design has utterly changed since then, and sometimes I'm just completely distracted by the really horrible sound design limitations that existed in back in the day, particularly for lower budget stuff.
Of course these days it may just as likely be the opposite problem of, as usual, the digital surfeit of options that they can't leave alone. Digital means no limitations, and sometimes a lack of limitations isn't necessarily the best thing for creativity and conciseness.
Wait, I just forgot everything I typed above. What was I talking about? Oh well, I deny it all just in case.